Author Archives: Laura Bernstein

Souls of Our Students Launches Today by Dr. Laura Bernstein

Oct 29

Reform Judaism and my personal belief structure is guided by the basic tenet that all of us are created in the divine image (b’tselem Elohim). Temple Beth El has a strong history of working for the full inclusion and civil rights of our LGBT community, and I’m pleased to share our efforts continue today with […]

Make a Good Choice! by Dr. Laura Bernstein, Executive Director

Aug 20

One of the basic responsibilities we have as Jewish parents and a community at large is to teach our children to live Jewishly. The Shema, which we say morning and night (and also includes the V’ahavta), says to impress upon our children the importance of our words, our actions, and everything we do in all […]

MITZVOT MATTER BY DR. LAURA BERNSTEIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

May 14

When we think about what it means to perform a mitzvah, we might think of an extraordinary act of altruism or a great gift of charity, but a mitzvah can really be big or small and can include very simple acts of kindness… a helpful hand to older person, a kind word to lift someone […]

A COLLECTION OF DETAILS AND ABUNDANCE OF GIFTS BY DR. LAURA BERNSTEIN

Feb 17

This week’s Parasha, Terumah, provides us lessons on how to fashion a sanctuary for God’s presence.  We read about seemingly insignificant details sharing the precise blend and dimensions of arcacia wood needed for the ark and are provided with a list of materials—wooden planks with silver rings and stakes of copper for example—to enclose the […]